One thing is for sure, this sign must never give the impression that business takes place here. Folks walk in our gate all the time thinking that we are part a Truth or Consequences bath house. But this is not the only reason that we must have a commerce free image. I want to be a reminder that job free living is an option, even if this option is currently limited to folks who start out with a nest egg or inherit a property. My heart is in the commons and so I'm aware that today's model of private property means that only some with own it. The no biz message is a reminder of what the alternatives are, even if there are not enough of them. Today, for example, it is illegal to live an indigenous life. There is no opt out to capitalism. And when corporations are using human talent to no good end, it is an act of protest to take back skill and creativity and use it to create a life of our own imagining. I want to know what it is to be natural, to be a creature. The artificial lifestyle of employment does not allow for this. I'm not going to change to meet it. I think things should go the other way.
This week I finally sketched out an image for the sign. I think it embodies these ideas. I primed the surface with my buddy Jia. Next comes the paint. Stay tuned. . .
Mikey and I are yet again shifting diet gears. We've been juicing since July and we love it. But I feel that our chi is suffering. I feel cold in the middle and find myself craving more warm foods. Wishing to keep animal products to a minimum I've been exploring bean based recipes. Today I made a black bean chocolate spread that contains red onion, paprika, peanuts, sherry, garlic, dark chocolate, green onions, and soy sauce. Though we don't often indulge in white flour breads I made a gorgeous naan that came out exactly like the picture in my cookbook! I used my homemade garlic powder, which is really chunky, for the naan, along with parsley. It was an excellent match.
Blog readers, tell your favorite bands and performers to drop us a line of they are coming through the southwest. We will make them welcome. And if your in town next week, please come out for this great double bill. . .
With support from The Sierra County Arts Council & Sid Bryant
We have gone a few months without any rain. Last night we might have picked up as much as a 1/2". This resulted in a gorgeous Sunday with clear skies and lovely cool breezes. Wendy and I went out for our separate runs which slightly overlap each other.
INVITATION - APRIL 12-13, 2014 Sat. & Sun. 9 am-12 noon $50-100/person
A brief but rich two day weekend tour is designed to give you an intimate visit into the studios and farms of Sierra County's most interesting folks. You'll also receive a 10% discount at participating food venues and hotel/spas, all of which offer the famous healing waters of Truth or Consequences.
Dimid Hayes and Michael Donlan
CONTACT dmdhayes (at sign) gmail.com
The Studio of Delams Howe - American Painter and muralist whose figurative work depicts mythological and archetypal - sometimes homo-heroic - themes in a neoclassical, realist style
Jardin del Alma - organic farm, home to Churro Sheep and Angora Bunnies- carding, spinning, weaving, and felting and the making of medicines and salves, fermented beverages, preserves, meades, copper jewelry, blacksmithing, hand-made drums, felted slippers, rugs and wall hangings.
OM of New Mexico - The Darland's certified organic farm in Monticello, where they grow their balsamic grapes, also is their growing center of unique fruit, vegetable and herb/flowers for T or C's Farmer's Market. Site for the production of America's only traditional style, organic, barrel-aged balsamic vinegar--now in its 17th year of aging.
Holy Scrap - the off grid, scrap made, homestead and life lab of Wendy Tremayne and Mikey Sklar.
Somedays I feel like my runs are more about the animals and less about the miles. Today I managed to avoid getting attacked by the bulls, pet my burro buddy and race the goats. This is a typical run for me (16.2 miles)!
We just pulled back the covers when we felt sprinkles falling from the sky. These greens were so easy to grow, required very little water and fed us salads through the winter.
A project that I began back in 2004 in New York City called Swap-O-Rama-Rama continues to marvel me as communities around the world adapt it, improve it and make it their own. As reported in The Durham Voice, The Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC just celebrated a year of significant growth due to fund raising aided by their production of Swap-O-Rama-Rama. If my memory serves me, The Scrap Exchange has been producing Swap-O-Rama-Rama's as fund raisers for ten years. Their use of the model demonstrates my higest hopes for Swap-O-Rama-Rama's future, that non-profits and community arts organizations will make it an annual event.
Check out the video!
(Image: It took me three months to wear down the tread on my first pair of Brookes Pure Grits. The second new pair came slightly used from Ebay and have lots of tread to go.)
Now that we have a town pool I decided to go back to my old googles. These are known as "swedes" and cost only a few dollars for the kit. You make your own nose bridge and tie the knots yourself. There is no liner and I love how easy it is to customize the fit.